Torah, “Deuteronomy,” 7:14 – 7:15: You shall be blessed above all peoples: There will be no sterile male or barren female among you or among your livestock. And the Lord will remove from you all illness, and all of the evil diseases of Egypt which you knew, He will not set upon you, but He will lay them upon all your enemies.
Everything that seems bad to you in your life are beatings for egoism, and not for you. Let’s assume that now I connect with my egoism and work for it. Then I begin to break away from it gradually, and then all the beatings that come pass through the egoism, and not through me. I am glad that my egoism gets blows because it helps me to break away from it even more. Therefore, the beatings and punishments that the Torah talks about help me to advance farther.
They are felt by me not like punishments, but like egoistic qualities that appear in me that show how much egoism harms me, how much I feel pain, sufferings, and problems in it, and how much I hate it. Through these punishments I can move away from egoism more and more until I reach the state called the land of Israel. Therefore it is written, “and all of the evil diseases of Egypt which you knew, He will not set upon you, but He will lay them upon all your enemies,” meaning upon my egoism, and I will move farther and farther away from Egypt to the land of Israel.
It turns out that both rewards and punishments are to my advantage. If I observe everything correctly, both plus and minus are included in the result.
The most important is with what I emphasize, with my egoism, my “I,” or with that point in the heart that leads me to spirituality. We only need to hold on to the point in the heart that wishes to be above egoism and to assess our states correctly. And then we don’t need anything else.
Even if a person breaks down and suddenly allows himself some things, let him do it but under control, “And now I allow myself to loosen up for half an hour.” Doesn’t matter what he does, but he knows that he deliberately crosses out this half an hour from his life, meaning that it doesn’t disappear by itself.
In other words, if he has a nagging desire, it is better to surrender to if for half an hour a day so that it won’t spoil the remaining 23.5 hours. By the way, psychologists advise the same, get rid of the obsessive desire. This is the same as a person is obliged to eat, the body demands it!
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 4/13/16